An older horse was nearly swallowed up in a Texas sinkhole a few days ago. To rescue her required knowledge, timing and the muscles of several people. Fortunately for the horse named Ginger, the Arlington Fire Department came to her aid for this dangerous rescue. It takes expert knowledge to extract a large frightened animal from such a precarious situation as a sinkhole because the horse is scared and unable to get to her feet and cannot escape. My source published the rescue of Ginger on June 22 after information was released about the incident, and the effort to free Ginger was talked about on Facebook.
The horse found herself trapped in the sinkhole after a fearful collapse of the soil in her field late last week. The Arlington Fire Department rushed all available help to the scene of Ginger’s entrapment. It took three rescue crews to free Ginger and get her back on solid ground, standing on all four legs. The horse was fortunate to come out of her nightmarish ordeal with only several scratches on her legs and back. She was transported to Burleson Equine Hospital for treatment and is now safely recovering with veterinary care after her frightening experience in a sinkhole.
The situation was hazardous for the horse when she became trapped four feet below the surface in the sinkhole. The soil just collapsed under her weight, most likely due to the recent flooding in the area. It is believed that this flooding, caused by a creek that runs through the property, undermined the area’s drainage system. Soil and water gave way when Ginger walked at a weak spot, resulting in a hole large enough to trap the full-size 1200-pound horse in a large, deep hole.
The way Ginger became trapped (she came to rest on her back) required a major effort by the crews from the Arlington Fire Department. Before the rescue was started, Ginger was lightly sedated to calm her and to engage heavy machinery at the hole to rescue her. The fire department’s tactical rescue team used their specialized equipment for trench rescues in this operation to free Ginger.
The mare has been with Carolyn Putney for at least 25 years. Putney also has several other horses in addition to Ginger.
Putney cannot give enough praise to the firefighters and veterinarians who so efficiently teamed up to save Ginger. She describes Ginger’s injuries in a little more detail – Ginger has two very sore legs from cuts and abrasions and is in two leg castings, but she is otherwise fine and will completely recover.
Says a grateful Putney about her horse:
She’s my baby. One of my babies is like one of my children. I can’t imagine life without Ginger. I was just kind of horrified. They are very much my heroes for saving her.
Ginger will remain another two weeks at the hospital before she can return home.
View footage of Ginger’s rescue here: nbcdfw news